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GETLOGIN(3) Linux Programmer's Manual GETLOGIN(3)


     getlogin, getlogin_r, cuserid - get username


     #include <unistd.h>
     char *getlogin(void);
     int getlogin_r(char *buf, size_t bufsize);
     #include <stdio.h>
     char *cuserid(char *string);
 Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (see feature_test_macros(7)):
     getlogin_r(): _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 199506L
         Since glibc 2.24:
             (_XOPEN_SOURCE && ! (_POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L)
             || __GNU_SOURCE
         Up to and including glibc 2.23:


     getlogin()  returns  a  pointer  to a string containing the name of the
     user logged in on the controlling terminal of the process,  or  a  null
     pointer if this information cannot be determined.  The string is stati-
     cally allocated and might be overwritten on subsequent  calls  to  this
     function or to cuserid().
     getlogin_r()  returns  this same username in the array buf of size buf-
     cuserid() returns a pointer to a string containing a  username  associ-
     ated  with  the  effective  user ID of the process.  If string is not a
     null pointer, it should be an array that can hold  at  least  L_cuserid
     characters; the string is returned in this array.  Otherwise, a pointer
     to a string in a static area is returned.  This  string  is  statically
     allocated and might be overwritten on subsequent calls to this function
     or to getlogin().
     The macro L_cuserid is an integer constant that indicates how  long  an
     array  you  might  need  to store a username.  L_cuserid is declared in
     These functions let your program identify positively the  user  who  is
     running  (cuserid())  or  the  user  who logged in this session (getlo-
     gin()).  (These can differ when set-user-ID programs are involved.)
     For most purposes, it is more useful to use  the  environment  variable
     LOGNAME  to  find out who the user is.  This is more flexible precisely
     because the user can set LOGNAME arbitrarily.


     getlogin() returns a pointer to the username when successful, and  NULL
     on  failure, with errno set to indicate the cause of the error.  getlo-
     gin_r() returns 0 when successful, and nonzero on failure.


     POSIX specifies
     EMFILE The per-process limit on the number of open file descriptors has
            been reached.
     ENFILE The system-wide limit on the total number of open files has been
     ENXIO  The calling process has no controlling terminal.
     ERANGE (getlogin_r) The length of the username, including the terminat-
            ing null byte ('\0'), is larger than bufsize.
     Linux/glibc also has
     ENOENT There was no corresponding entry in the utmp-file.
     ENOMEM Insufficient memory to allocate passwd structure.
     ENOTTY Standard input didn't refer to a terminal.  (See BUGS.)


            password database file
            (traditionally /etc/utmp; some libc versions used /var/adm/utmp)


     For  an  explanation  of  the  terms  used   in   this   section,   see
     allbox;  lb  lb  lb  l  l  l.   Interface Attribute Value T{ getlogin()
     T}   Thread safety T{ MT-Unsafe race:getlogin race:utent
     sig:ALRM timer locale T} T{  getlogin_r()  T}   Thread  safety  T{  MT-
     Unsafe race:utent sig:ALRM timer
     locale     T}     T{     cuserid()     T}   Thread    safety  MT-Unsafe
     race:cuserid/!string locale
     In the above table, utent in race:utent signifies that if  any  of  the
     functions setutent(3), getutent(3), or endutent(3) are used in parallel
     in different threads of a program, then data races could occur.  getlo-
     gin()  and  getlogin_r()  call those functions, so we use race:utent to
     remind users.


     getlogin() and getlogin_r(): POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008.
     System V has a cuserid() function which uses the real  user  ID  rather
     than the effective user ID.  The cuserid() function was included in the
     1988 version of POSIX, but removed  from  the  1990  version.   It  was
     present in SUSv2, but removed in POSIX.1-2001.
     OpenBSD has getlogin() and setlogin(), and a username associated with a
     session, even if it has no controlling terminal.


     Unfortunately, it is often rather easy to fool  getlogin().   Sometimes
     it  does not work at all, because some program messed up the utmp file.
     Often, it gives only the first 8 characters of  the  login  name.   The
     user  currently  logged  in  on the controlling terminal of our program
     need not be the user who started it.  Avoid  getlogin()  for  security-
     related purposes.
     Note  that glibc does not follow the POSIX specification and uses stdin
     instead of /dev/tty.  A bug.  (Other recent systems, like SunOS 5.8 and
     HP-UX  11.11  and FreeBSD 4.8 all return the login name also when stdin
     is redirected.)
     Nobody knows precisely what cuserid() does; avoid it in  portable  pro-
     grams.   Or  avoid  it  altogether: use getpwuid(geteuid()) instead, if
     that is what you meant.  Do not use cuserid().


     logname(1), geteuid(2), getuid(2), utmp(5)


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